Suicide Squad, one of the most anticipated superhero films of 2016, has had a mixed opening week with great box office results (expected to be the highest August opening ever) but terrible critic reviews. It has a measly 26% on Rotten Tomatoes, prompting an online petition to completely remove the website started by fans of the genre. IGN gave it 5.9/10 and Screen Rant gave it 3/5.
Now, for any other film, I doubt many people would have raised their eyebrows at the poor reception from the critics, however, this wasn’t just any other film. Development for the film started all the way back in February of 2009 with the director, David Ayer being signed on in September 2014 and casting beginning that October. The film was officially announced around that time and superhero fans have been crossing the days off of their calendars since then.
There have been a series of sublime trailers showcasing the film’s brilliant soundtrack and the editing skills of the teams involved. It’s not as if Warner Bros haven’t put a lot of effort into the film either. With the disappointing reception of Batman v Superman back in March of this year, the studio decided to go back and reshoot and recut large parts of Suicide Squad to make it lighter in tone. However, the critics obviously felt that it still wasn’t good enough and slaughtered it in it’s first few days in the cinema.
However, all hope is not lost. I went to see Suicide Squad on opening day in the UK and I think it is one of the best superhero films I have ever seen. It had a brilliant blend of slick, polished action sequences and witty comedy and I, along with many of my friends and people on Twitter, enjoyed it from start to finish. The characters were very well written with Will Smith, Margot Robbie and Jared Leto giving inspiring performances as Deadshot, Harley Quinn and The Joker respectively. The soundtrack was spine-chillingly good, merging classics such as Bohemian Rhapsody and Fortunate Son with songs by Eminem, Imagine Dragons and 21 Pilots.
This just goes to show that the critics don’t know everything, especially when it comes to films targeted at a younger audience. If you are thinking of going to see the film I strongly encourage it, but keep in mind that it does have a 15 rating so some of you may have to wait for the DVD release.
I rarely listen to any professional critic’s opinion before I’ve had a chance to see the film myself and I will never decide whether to go and see a film or not purely based on the critic’s reviews. I feel that it is the everyday people who should be getting their voices out there about the films they love, like I am doing now, to get people to see something great that they would otherwise miss out on. I feel that the reviews most useful for the people who would go and see a film for fun are the ones written by people who would go and see a film for fun.
Go and see the film yourself and let me know what you think in the comments below.